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NFP appoints new chief diversity and inclusion officer

Insurance broker and consultant NFP has welcomed Pamela Wheeler as its newest senior vice president, chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Wheeler will be responsible for enhancing NFP’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) strategy and leading initiatives to advance the company’s goals within the organization and in communities around the world, a release said. She will report to NFP chief human resources officer Ginnette Quesada-Kunkel and will work closely with leaders across the organization. Also as part of her new role, Wheeler will also serve on NFP’s executive committee.

Previously, Wheeler led the Women’s National Basketball Players Association for 15 years, helping accelerate the association’s DEIB efforts. She has nearly three decades of experience improving DE&I outcomes for people within a variety of organizations. She recently consulted with NFL Operations on their DEIB efforts, as well as executive leadership development. Wheeler has served as assistant to the commissioner and director of business development for the Continental Basketball Association, and general counsel and marketing manager for Bob Woolf Associations/Arnold Communications.

Wheeler has served as a lecturer in Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sports Management program since January 2018. She earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University, School of Law, a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth University and the Certified Diversity Professional designation from The Society for Diversity. Wheeler is also currently serving on the US Center for SafeSport and formerly on the foundation board of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She is a member of the trustee emeritus board of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

“Pamela is a fantastic addition to our leadership team and I’m excited to work with and learn from her,” said NFP chairman and CEO Doug Hammond. “NFP is a collaborative and innovative organization and our ability to be more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and ensure all people feel they belong, has a direct impact on our results. This requires leadership, deliberate action, measurement and refinement, and Pamela is the right person to lead our DEIB efforts.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Pamela,” said Quesada-Kunkel. “She will serve as an organizational change agent and trusted advisor to senior leadership, partnering with executives, regional leaders, management and business partners to collectively align DEIB strategies and initiatives across the company.”

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